Bedtime reading with my children is non negotiable even when I am exhausted. From the womb I was reading to my bio-baby and we have loved stories ever since. So many parents can underestimate the importance of reading early and often to their children.
From the parent lens, I know the importance of reading to my children each day. We talk about the stories and sometimes make up stories along the way and the results have been amazing! We love to go to the library and bookstore and seek out new reads and old favourites.
Recently we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by the talented Kate DiCamillo. The story was so beautifully illustrated by the Bagram Ibatoulline and we were utterly captivated by the story and the journey that Edward the China Rabbit made. Aside from the wonderful story, it was a time for us to bond after the busyness of school and activities. There were many questions about Edward and the different characters who found him every few chapters. It took us many nights to get through the story but that time with my son was gold. Next we hope to tackle The Little Prince by author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Tonight I had the pleasure of reading to my foster son a silly book with nursery rhymes. As I sang Three Little Monkeys and the other rhymes in the book, he started to participate and be silly with me. This amazing child cannot get enough of books and is so wanting to read. He will get there – that I have no doubt. Yet because I do not know if he was exposed to reading in his first four years, I worry needlessly. This beautiful child cannot get enough of the books that fill the shelves in our home and we are incredibly fortunate to have a supportive SK teacher who encourages his reading and writing.
So as a final thought about bedtime reading, I encourage all parents to take that time to read to their children and have them read to you when they are ready. It will amaze you!